DVIRC to help provide Pennsylvania companies with skilled workers

June 20, 2012

A new manufacturing training program in Pennsylvania may help to promote and sustain the growth that the sector has seen in the state, as companies would benefit from highly skilled workers.

The new program, which will be run through the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC), helps to train manufacturing workers and involves a number of assessments and programs to ensure that these future employees are qualified for work in a number of areas.

Southeastern Pennsylvania manufacturers will likely benefit from the Mobile Outreach Skills Training (M.O.S.T) program, as a commitment from the current employer will help to ensure top levels of attainment and training for workers.

"M.O.S.T.® provided a tremendous opportunity for our Company to tailor a training program to fit our exact business needs and to help develop high-demand manufacturing skills among the unemployed or underemployed locally," said Jeff Tintle, chief operations officer at Fiber-Line. "We are confident that the program will quickly result in productive and invaluable team members who will help us advance our business goals."

Because employers are working with the DVIRC to ensure positive results, and trainees will be brought up-to-date with the latest industry practices in the program. Workers will see an increased understanding of the sector and manufacturers will see an increase in productivity.

"Introducing M.O.S.T.® to our region is a big win for local manufacturers and their communities and we proudly commend Fiber-Line for undertaking the inaugural pilot program," said Joseph J. Houldin, chief executive officer of DVIRC. "In any given month, there are more than 1,000 local manufacturing jobs that simply cannot be filled as a result of unqualified prospects – this represents a significant loss of opportunity for residents in the region. We believe that this new initiative will create a skilled labor force to begin filling that employment void."

This program will prepare workers in the region to fill the number of jobs that are, and will be available in the near future.

Governor Tom Corbett recently announced that manufacturers in the region would be given another advantage, as he is looking to bring a petrochemical complex to the state. This would not only create jobs, but provide firms with cheaper products, which would stimulate further growth.

"The benefits of employing up to 20,000 Pennsylvanians and lowering the raw materials cost for Pennsylvania manufacturers far outweigh the investment,'' Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker said. "It's not about politics; it's about jobs. It's about real people who rely on those jobs to pay their bills, feed their families and invest for retirement.''